Through research we are utilizing expertise in the College of Engineering to address the following two strategic, broad, interdisciplinary areas, which will have a significant impact in the state and beyond.

Energy and Sustainable Environment

Seek low-cost, clean, traditional and alternative energy sources for transportation and power generation including alternative fuels and their efficient combustion; employ new technology to enhance production and the efficient utilization of petroleum fuels; seek out materials and technology for compact and alternative power sources; and search for efficient power transmission and distribution. All of these efforts will be pursued with a focus on maintaining a clean and sustainable environment.

Engineered and Natural Infrastructure

Enhance coastal infrastructure to sustain environmental impacts; improve energy and industrial infrastructure; and develop coastal habitat and environmental infrastructure. Additional focus should center on the sustainability and interplay of the natural and built environment along with state-of-the-are monitoring systems. We utilize and enhance expertise in Materials and Nano-Micro-Wafer Scale Systems to provide an integral, inter-disciplinary research and infrastructure support for the above two thrust areas.